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Sean Holley: Why I turned down Connacht

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

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SEAN Holley has explained why he turned down the chance to take over the reins at Connacht.

The Irish province wanted him to succeed Eric Elwood as director of rugby at the end of the season.

But after considering their offer over the weekend, Holley informed them yesterday that he wasn't yet ready to step back into coaching.

"I was hugely flattered to receive Connacht's offer," he said.

"But I am committed to certain ventures over the next few months, so it wasn't quite the right time.

"It was a really tough decision. The offer was a good one and I was impressed by the vision and enthusiasm of the Connacht people. I want to get back into rugby but the time and my personal circumstances have to be right."

Holley has had approaches from England, Ireland, Italy and Japan since departing the Ospreys but is enjoying his work as a pundit with the BBC and has also been hosting a radio show.

"Hopefully, it won't be too long before I'm back," he added. " I'm only 42 and believe I still have something to offer."

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  • hobbles  |  January 08 2013, 5:28PM

    Lucky escape for Connaught!

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